Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 11:30am

The University of Michigan’s administration does not respect its students. In 1968, Robben Fleming was brought in as president of the University and was so celebrated in part because of his talent for handling the student-administration relationship.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 6:23pm

A couple weeks ago, my colleague Timothy Spurlin wrote a great article explaining why fossil fuel divestment is necessary and why the University of Michigan should divest. He is right, but I want to go over some of the logistical barriers that are preventing U-M from divesting. In the column, Spurlin says that divesting is complicated.

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 3:45pm

This school year marks the dawn of a new era with the potential to redefine the future of brunch. Every current college student who enrolled right after graduating high school was likely born after 1996, meaning members of Gen Z not millennials dominate college campuses. We now have an opportunity to evaluate millennial fads and redefine our own stereotypes. First on the list: bougie brunches.

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 2:56pm

On March 15, 2019, attendees and organizers of the Washtenaw County Climate Strike occupied the University of Michigan’s Fleming Administration Building. Though there was initially a long list of demands, by 5:00 p.m. (when the building officially closed), there was only one: A one hour, student-moderated public meeting with University President Mark Schlissel to discuss a just transition to true carbon neutrality.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 5:02pm

Almost every time I ask someone how they are doing during this gloomy, midterm-filled week, they respond with “tired.” This response bothers me because it is hard to respond to and it is often said to prove how hard people are working. I am sympathetic because hard work has become a tool not only for individuals to satisfy their own guilt and anxieties, but also because it is a prerequisite for high social status in the pseudo-meritocracy we are being groomed to join. However, blame for this toxic culture does not fall onto the individuals that feed it.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 4:57pm

This year’s most important bill for the future of work passed in California in September, and we should all take note. The law — Assembly Bill 5 — sets a new definition for what it means to be an employee, and it is the most direct legislative affront to the so-called “gig economy” yet. AB5 sends the right message, but it now seems too late.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 6:10pm

If you have followed the news the last couple weeks, you have seen loads of articles predicting economic Armageddon. It is possible the media’s hysteria may have tangible negative economic impacts, but I am sufficiently stressed, so I will join the chorus. A brief disclaimer: All of this terror is preemptive. Economic trends can change, and if they do, this article and the anxiety that bred it would be rendered moot.

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 8:40pm
Yvonne Navarrete

When Public Policy senior Yvonne Navarrete described her freshman year, she said, “I didn’t belong in any space.”

That is no longer true, for her or other Latinx and undocumented students. When Navarrete graduates this spring, she will leave a powerful legacy of spaces she has built and institutionalized.

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 3:55pm

On April 9, in response to demands from climate activists for the University of Michigan to divest from fossil fuels, University President Mark Schlissel gave his interpretation of the University’s divestment policy at a carbon neutrality public session: “Essentially, we don’t divest … If we begin the process of narrowing what the endowment can invest in, based on very valid arguments and concerns from sincere people,

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 1:10pm

The 2020 Democratic primary has been defined by a number of litmus tests. Many of the candidates in the progressive wing of the party, including Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and others have been pushed to prove their progressive merits by stating their support for key progressive policies or process measures.